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Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht appeals life sentence

Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht appeals life sentence

Ross Ulbricht, founder of the no-longer-available underground market Silk Road, was recently sentenced to life in prison (and then some). On Thursday an appeal was filed challenging the conviction and sentences, and part of that appeal will focus on the actions of two allegedly corrupt federal agents that had been involved in the case. The agents are said to have stolen a substantial number of bitcoins during their involvement in the investigation; charges include wire fraud and money laundering, among other things.

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Huge hack spills data of 4m US federal employees

Huge hack spills data of 4m US federal employees

A huge data breach exposing personal information of 4m current and former federal employees has been revealed, with insiders already blaming Chinese hackers. The attack focused on the IT systems at the Office of Personnel Management, the agency responsible for the civil service, and was spotted in April this year. Among the data believed to have been taken are individual employeee job assignments, along with their performance ratings and information on what training they had received.

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NASA has postponed ‘flying saucer’ launch

NASA has postponed ‘flying saucer’ launch

As we’d reported yesterday, NASA spent the day preparing to launch its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, more commonly referred to as the LDSD and ‘flying saucer’, the latter of which refers to its stereotypical design. This would have been the second flight for the LDSD, had it actually happened. Unfortunately the space agency was forced to postpone the launch instead due to poor conditions -- it will be trying again tomorrow, and hopefully the conditions will be favorable enough for it to proceed.

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YouTube adds analytics tool for artists

YouTube adds analytics tool for artists

YouTube has announced a new tool specifically for its artists, one that provides analytics data for a more thorough look at one’s fan base in all its nuance and splendor. The feature comes as part of the relatively new YouTube for Artists website, and it is called most appropriately “Music Insights”. With it — at least when properly utilized — YouTube’s artists will be able to grow their fan base by tweaking what they offer based on what the numbers and statistics show.

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Apple data center chlorine leak leaves 5 sick

Apple data center chlorine leak leaves 5 sick

Apple has had another incident, it is being reported, this one following the fire that happened in the recent past. This time around the company is said to have suffered a chlorine leak that has left five people injured at one of its data centers in Maiden, North Carolina. The incident happened on Monday at about 2:30 PM, and resulted in hazmat crews being deployed on the scene. Those who were injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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Google wants to guess meal calories using food pics

Google wants to guess meal calories using food pics

If you've an Instagram account (or a Twitter account, or a Facebook account, etc.) you've likely found yourself snapping a picture of a meal too good to devour without first having recorded its existence. Those food pictures dot the digital landscape, and Google has big plans for them: calorie counting. In the future, or at least the future where this Google product both exists and works well, folks will be able to monitor their daily calorie counts simply by snapping a picture of their food before chowing down.

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Live anthrax was accidentally shipped to Canada, too

Live anthrax was accidentally shipped to Canada, too

A few days ago the Department of Defense announced that a government lab located in Dugway, Utah had accidentally sent live anthrax to nine labs located throughout the United States, as well as a joint military lab in South Korea. Those numbers have since grown. The Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control have been investigating the matter, and there was (and still is) no known risk to the general population. Now it has been revealed that three labs located in Canada also received live anthrax shipments.

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Pinterest intros “Buy It” button, supports Apple Pay

Pinterest intros “Buy It” button, supports Apple Pay

All the signs pointed toward this day coming about eventually, and now it is here: Pinterest has added a "Buy It" button to its service, allowing users to buy items they happen across without leaving the app. This marks the company's foray into e-commerce, and is something many have expected to happen for a while: because the website is often used for things like crafts and recipes, it makes sense that it would offer ways for users to acquire the items they need for different projects.

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Sketchbook for tattoo artists has synthetic skin pages

Sketchbook for tattoo artists has synthetic skin pages

Imagine someone asks if you would like to see some of their artwork, but when they start flipping through their sketchbook you realize there is something unusual about it: the pages appear to be made of skin. Such is the nature of a new sketchbook designed specifically for tattoo artists, giving them the chance to practice or develop new pieces on life like synthetic skin rather than practicing on a person or less-than-ideal objects like oranges and pieces of leather.

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Wireless power titans merge but it’s not quite perfect yet

Wireless power titans merge but it’s not quite perfect yet

Two of the major wireless charging standards will merge, promising simpler and more effective ways to rejuice gadgets without having to plug them in. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have been talking about teaming up to take on the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard for a year now, inking a letter-of-intent back in January, but it's only today that the - currently nameless - collaboration has been made official. Next up, though, comes the hard part.

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